Monday, November 23, 2009

Lutheran churches in Wisconsin discuss breaking off after pro-LGBT vote

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published this article Thursday about a group that is seeking to break off of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) because it voted this summer to accept pastors who are in committed same-sex relationships.

Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal), based in Minnesota, is working on creating a new denomination for disaffected churches who are currently members of the ELCA. A few congregations in Wisconsin say they are considering leaving the ELCA, but no definite decisions have been made yet.

The ELCA and Lutheran CORE should not be confused with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), a separate denomination that holds to a more literal interpretation of the Bible, forbids the ordination of women, bars women from serving as voting members of church bodies that make decisions affecting men, and teaches that the theory of evolution is false. ELCA churches tend to interpret the Bible in its historical and social context, allow women to be voting members of church bodies and to be ordained, and tend not to take a stance on the origins of life, allowing both creationists and proponents of the theory of evolution to be members and promote their viewpoints.

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